The long-awaited West End debut of six-time Tony Award-winner, Broadway and screen star Audra McDonald sees her portrayal of legendary jazz icon Billie Holiday, reliving her loves, losses and extraordinary life.
After the joyous news of Audra McDonald’s unexpected pregnancy last year, producers of the postponed London run of Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill are delighted to announce that this summer, McDonald, the Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning singer and actress, will be making her long awaited West End debut portraying jazz legend Billie Holiday in a performance that won her a record-setting sixth Tony Award.
The show transports audiences to 1959; in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday puts on a show that unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witnesses to one of the last performances of her lifetime. Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time shares her loves and her losses.
Written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Lonny Price, Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill recounts Holiday's life story through the songs that made her famous, including God Bless The Child, What A Little Moonlight Can Do, Strange Fruit and Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.
This critically acclaimed production, which broke box office records at the Circle in the Square in New York, runs for a limited engagement at Wyndham’s Theatre.
Cast & Creatives
- Audra McDonald
- Lanie Robertson
- Lonny Price
- Charing Cross Road, London, United Kingdom WC2H 0DA
- 0844 482 5120 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)
- Official site
- Nearest tube
- Leicester Square (next to theatre)
- Nearest bus
- 24, 29, 176
- Nearest train
- Charing Cross (200m)
50% off parking when you park at Q-Park Chinatown only 150m away.
- This venue accepts Theatre Tokens
- How to book
- Tel: 0844 482 5137 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Discounts are available for all disabled people and their companions.
- Limited mobility
- Row Q and most aisle seats in the stalls have the most leg room.
- Access description
- One 20cm step up to foyer through heavy double doors opening inwards. Box Office counter on the right. 18 steps down to Stalls. Staircases have handrails on both sides and some steps are highlighted. 12 steps up to the Royal Circle, 21 to the Upper Circle and approx. 43 to the Balcony with 2 steps between rows. Auditorium is carpeted - all other areas are tiled.
- Hearing impaired
- Infra-red system with 20 headsets. ID required. Collect headsets from the Cunard Bar which is a kiosk located at the bottom of the stairs from the foyer to the stalls. Induction loop at Box Office.
- Guide dogs policy
- Guide dogs are allowed into the auditorium and staff are available to dog-sit in the foyer.
- 2 spaces in Box A but no access for electric wheelchairs or scooters. Maximm 2 wheelchair user patrons per performance.
- One toilet in the box although it would not be possible to access this in a wheelchair. The women’s off the Stalls has been slightly adapted. From the foyer bar, the men’s and women’s are up 8 steps with a further 2 steps down inside the entrance to each. 1 step down to non-adapted toilet accessed via St Martin’s Court (level access) - please ask staff to assist.
- Disabled toilets
- None at present. Patrons can use adapted toilets at the Noel Coward theate behind the Wyndham's.
- 3 licensed bars. Stalls bar 20 steps down from the main foyer, or 2 steps up from the Stalls (moveable seats). Further bars at Royal Circle and Balcony levels (no seats). Drinks can be taken to disabled customers.
- This venue accepts Theatre Tokens